Hey, let’s be unapologetically African, awkward and black.

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Day 8 and I am sure if you have been reading my posts, you can tell I love Issa Rae, but that is a topic for another day. Today, I will be encouraging my fellow content writers on what to avoid.

1. Avoid whitewashing your content.

I know we live in a world where English is the universal language and we want out content to be world wide. However, do not water down your talent or content by trying to make it “liked” by white people. I came to realise this when I was writing my short stories, I wanted to write something that I wanted to read and enjoy. In the words of Toni Morrison, if there is a book you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, you must be the one to write it. Yes, be it in your native language or made-up language, write it anyway, the world will catch up. Write about different cultures, views, tribes, write everything African. Your crowd will find you and you will be glad you did not water yourself down.

2. Do not do it because you have to, but because you want to.

Yea, this one might be a bit controversial because if you are like Picasso and live by the inspiration exist but you have to find it working mantra, then maybe this might not be with you. I am talking about when you are emotionally and mentally drained. I know as Africans, we are taught to push through and push through always, but hey, take care of your mental health. Usually, when you are not into it, you end up writing things you might regret later. If you are not in the mood, it is ok. I know relaxing is not in our African culture but please, relax.

3. Avoid listening to that voice that tells you, you are not good enough.

You do not always start great, take one step at a time. Not everyone is going to like your work, but that does not mean it’s not good, it is just not their cup of tea. Avoid being your worst critic, I do that to myself a lot and it cripples me. Avoid that, be your number one fan and stop thinking just because you are African you won’t make it. YOU WILL MAKE IT!


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